I can be chatty in airport gate areas if I’m bored — even more so if my plane is delayed by weather.
Last night at DFW I ended up commiserating with a fellow passenger as we waited for our flight. He was from Brooklyn, and sold..
He had gone to Dallas to deliver one to a corporate client and was headed home.
I found his job to be very entertaining. I don’t know exactly why.
I’m sure selling helicopters is not that different from selling cars or trucks or farm machinery. But it is just such a niche….and absolutely the last thing I expected him to say in the long list of possible occupations.
And I kept thinking, “Man, where was this guy when I was doing improv comedy back in Kansas City?“
‘Helicopter salesman’ would have been such a great suggestion.
Posted in Airplanes, Business, Comedy, Humor, Life, transportation, Travel, Weather
Tagged airplanes, airport, airport gate, Brooklyn, Business, cars, comedy, Dallas, DFW, farm machinery, helicopter, helicopter salesman, Humor, improv comedy, improv suggestion, life, niche job, occupations, passenger, transportation, Travel, trucks, weather, weather delays
If Star Trek Into Darkness opens in your city today, I encourage you to see it.
I saw it yesterday in IMAX 3D, and it was amazing…especially the new enemy of the Federation portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch.
You know Sherlock on BBC? He’s the one.
But if you can’t get to the movie theatre today or even this weekend — I understand there are people who can actually wait weeks and even months; go figure — take a look at the “Star Trek Challenge” Audi spot featuring Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto.
It’s too much fun.
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Tagged 3D, advertising, Audi, automobiles, BBC, Benedict Cumberbatch, cars, entertainment, Humor, IMAX, Leonard Nimoy, life, live long and prosper, movie premiere, movie theatre, movie villain, Movies, Sherlock, Star Trek Challenge, Star Trek Federation, Star Trek Into Darkness, Television, TV, Zachary Quinto
Christmas lights seem to go up earlier and earlier each year.
I’ve seen them here in New York City for a couple of weeks already, and on the posts of friends on Facebook, too.
But here is one display that I would enjoy seeing year round…
Think they plug into the cigarette lighter?
Posted in Automobiles, Cars, Design, Holiday, Humor, Life, Photography
Tagged automobiles, cars, Christmas lights, cigarette lighter, Facebook post, Holiday, Humor, Internet, life, New York City, photography, trucks, twinkle twinkle
As you may recall, last night’s German taxi driver was a conspiracy theorist.
He put his hands over his ears when I said hello.
Now, I know I don’t speak German, but seriously — does the very sound of an American voice offend?
I think it scared this guy.
He quickly walked back to his cab and said, “I’m old man. No English.” To which I brilliantly responded,
That was our entire conversation…until we arrived at the hotel, where he pointed to the meter, and said “Marriott.”
I considered putting my hands over my ears, but I’m pretty sure the humor wouldn’t translate.
Posted in Cars, Humor, Life, transportation, Travel
Tagged American voice, cars, conspiracy theory, Germany, hands over ears, Humor, life, part deux, taxi, taxi driver, taxi meter, taxi receipt, transportation, Travel
I’m en route to New York City from Boston — Rory, I’ll be home soon — and we just passed the ubiquitous…
Deer crossing sign
Goodness knows they are a legitimate safety reminder. Deer certainly seem to be attracted to roadways.
But it got me thinking (because I’m bored) –
Are there no other animals that cross the road?
Of course there is the ‘chicken who crossed the road’ joke…but what about other wildlife who might mosey across the highways and byways? Don’t they deserve their own bright yellow sign?
Turns out they do.
Funny — suddenly I’m a lot less bored.
Posted in Animals, Automobiles, Cars, Design, Humor, Life, Travel
Tagged animals, automobiles, bear crossing, Boston, byways, cars, caution sign, chicken crossing the road, deer crossing, driving, elephant crossing, gator crossing, highway, highways, Humor, kangaroo crossing, life, lion crossing, look both ways, New York City, road, road signs, safety reminder, Travel, turkey crosing, wildlife
Eric Stonestreet, aka Cam on Modern Family, tweeted just this morning:
Can’t take your road rage seriously, mr. yellow car driver man.
He left the details to our imagination — dangerous in and of itself — but he brings up an interesting point:
Do we assign character traits to drivers based on the color of their cars?
Studies show that red cars get more tickets, so apparently police officers believe these drivers are inherently up to no good. They watch them closer, and the tickets follow.
But what of the other car colors?
Eric didn’t take the enraged driver seriously because his car was yellow. I have personally shook my head in wonder at bright orange vehicles — not that I don’t love the color in my salty snacks and diet soda and an occasional saucy top or two –
But to drive it down the street every day? Even I have some dignity.
What car colors do you consider taboo? Share in the comments section and perhaps save a reader from making an expensive mistake at the dealership.
This. Very. Day.
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Tagged automobiles, car colors, car dealership, cars, celebrities, color, color wheel, design, diet orange soda, Eric Stonestreet, Humor, Internet, life, Modern Family tv show, orange cars, police officers, red cars, road rage, salty snacks, speeding tickets, tweet, Twitter, yellow cars
You can tell some folk’s politics by the signs in their yard. But the logo on their coffee cup?
Wake up. It’s true.
A report by Buyology, Inc., a New York City firm that measures the unconscious
decision making that drives brand preference, links consumers’ politics to the brands they buy.
For example, Democrats are more likely to buy Starbucks coffee. Republicans prefer Dunkin Donuts’ brew.
No beans about it.
Partisanship also rears its ugly head in folks’ choice of car, insurance, sport and gaming system. Democrats prefer Jeep, Progressive, NFL and Wii; Republicans go for BMW, Allstate, Major League Baseball and XBOX.
But both parties agree on Coke, Google, VISA, Apple and Olay.
Wha? The Democrats and Republicans agree on five whole things? This is either a sign of a huge turnaround…
Or the end of the world.
Posted in Advertising, Commentary, Humor, Life, Politics, Shopping
Tagged advertising, Allstate, Apple, BMW, brand preference, Buyology Inc, cars, coffee, Coke, commentary, consumer behavior, Democrats, Dunkin Donuts, end of the world, Google, Humor, insurance, Jeep, life, Major League Baseball, New York City, NFL, Olay, politics, Progressive, Republicans, research firm, Starbucks, VISA, Wii, XBox
I was sad to hear that Tom and Ray were retiring after 25 years on Car Talk.
Then I felt incredibly lucky to know them.
I worked on the Car Talk website for two years. On paper, the job was everything I loved rolled together.
The Internet. Writing. Humor. Radio.
But Tom and Ray took the job to a whole other level.
Click and Clack are, in person, exactly who their listeners have heard on the air for over 25 years. They are funny and cantankerous and smart and sweet and stubborn and incredibly generous.
They know who are, how they want to live their lives, what they do and more importantly do not want to do, and have managed to turn that into an amazing life for themselves and their families.
We should all be so lucky.
Enjoy being even lazier, guys. No one deserves it more.
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Tagged automobiles, Boston, Car Talk, Car Talk retirement, cars, CarTalk.com, celebrities, Click and Clay, comedy, commentary, entertainment, Humor, life, live your life, NPR, radio, Tom and Ray